Healthier Pumpkin Cheesecake with a nut crust!

by Nicole on November 28, 2011

Remember that cheesecake I told you about? Well, today is the day I share it.

My sister has been asking me to make this again since fall hit in September, but honestly, I didn’t want to make it because I used a graham cracker crust and the HFCS were haunting me. I know, I probably could have found a better graham cracker, but I was lazy.

After a lot of hunting I found a crust I wanted to give a try. I looked at different cheesecake fillings that were dairy free, but they were all soy based and I didn’t want to do that either…I know, call me picky. After hemming and hawing, I came up with the perfect recipe..I think anyway.

So if you are in the camp of people who believe that I only post 100% healthy recipes, all of the time on my site, you are 100% wrong. Yes, most days I post healthy recipes & healthy living ideas, but what part of dessert doesn’t fit into a healthy life?

You have to create balance and while I do believe in eating well 95% of the time, there is always room for dessert and chocolate in my life..especially on special occasions. I do my best to always bring or provide a homemade dessert that is going to be filled with ingredients that are somewhat nutritious, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Being healthy means indulging every so often. Yes, I said it.  You better believe I had more than one piece of this cheesecake on Thanksgiving.

And while I will be talking about balancing and making sure everyday until Christmas isn’t spent overindulging, I will have a bunch of dessert & cookie recipes this holiday season…especially since my aunt just gave me all my grandma’s recipes. So get ready! And in the meantime, enjoy drooling over this pumpkin cheesecake!

oats ground into a flour

pecans clumpy

all crust ingredients


post baking

pre baking with filling

This was a big hit for my family and I’m sure it will be for yours! The buttery nut crust was amazing and much better than graham crackers!

What do you think about the holidays and balance? Do you indulge?

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

Mmmmm…this looks phenomenal! I try not to indulge TOO much before the holidays…and then when the actual holiday rolls around, I usually indulge pretty freely :-) I always gain about 5 pounds around Christmas time…and take it off right after!
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Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

That looks delicious!! Holidays are definitely about a balance. I usually make the indulgences into healthier treats, too. That way there’s no *real* sacrifice.
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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

I 100% agree with you – it’s all about balance. I think some of my blog readers think that all I make (and eat) are indulgent recipes, but in reality I eat healthy most of the time – but always make time for indulgences! During the holidays, I tend to be more consistent with my workouts too.
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Kelly November 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Looks perfect!!
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Pure2raw twins November 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

YUM! looks sounds wonderful
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